Ocala Winter Circuit III Sunday Jumper Round-Up

Ocala, FL (February 10, 2016): Jumpers descended upon HITS Post Time Farm during Week III of the Ocala Winter Circuit on Sunday to compete for the blue-ribbon titles and a shot at the money.

$7,500 Marshall & Sterling/Tuffrider Equine Couture Child Jumper Classic 

unnamedRobyn Hannigan and Capacabana on their way to a $7,500 Marshall & Sterling/Tuffrider Equine Couture Child Jumper Classic win. Photo: ESI Photography.

The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium was the place to be on Saturday night, as HITS featured two $7,500 classes for Children’s and Adult jumper riders, sponsored by Marshall &Sterling/Tuffrider Equine Couture. Both exhibitors and spectators enjoyed a buffet in the VIP tent, and watched the excitement from the comfort of the tables on the hill.

Juniors were first to take to the 1.10-meter course, designed by Martin Otto of Germany. Robyn Hannigan of Kissimmee, Florida, riding her own Capacabana, took home the blue-ribbon. Caroline Ellis of Weston, Massachusetts, riding Starlight Farms’ Catalyst took second and Logan Taylor of Milford, Ohio, and Secretive, owned by Judith Habeeb, earned third.

The 13-effort first round course proved a chellenge, producing only three clear rounds to move on to the jump-off. Kristin Latimer from Riverton, New Jersey, riding Corelli would have made it four for the jump-off, but a single time fault kept them from contending the short course. Ellis and Catalyst were the first to return for the jump-off. They turned in a neat and careful round with a time of 38.364 seconds. Next up was Hannigan, who rode for the win by carving the turns; they blazed through the timers in a fault-free 34.085 seconds. Taylor and Secretive were the last to attempt the short course but had a rail for four faults to finish third in 33.000.

“My mare is really great. You have to be forward all the time to make her jump the best,” said sixteen-year-old Hannigan. “I got her from Germany about a year ago, and she can take any turn—we have won a few Marshall & Sterling Classics together this year.”

 Place   Horse Owner Rider Prize  R.1 Faults JO Faults  JO Time 
1 Capacabana Robyn Hannigan Robyn Hannigan $2,200 34.085
2 Catalyst Starlight Farms LLC Caroline Ellis $1,550 38.364
3 Secretive Judith Habeeb Logan Taylor $1,050
4 Corelli Kristin Latimer Kristin Latimer $700 1
5 Ladonna Kathleen Kamine Abigail Hopkins $600 4
6 FVF Brulee John/Stephanie Ingram LLC Hannah Loeffelbeln $500 4
7 Juliet KW Mahon Inc Tyler Benton $450 4
8 Cypress Kristen Franz Kristen Franz $450 4
9 Stella Cadente Kaleidescape LLC Elizabeth Traband 8
10 Sochi Donald Stewart Mackenzie Elam 8
11 Central Park Madeline IIcken Madeline IIcken 8
12 North Pole Hillary Gerhardt Addison Reed 12

$7500 Marshall & Sterling/Tuffrider-Equine Couture Adult Jumper Classic

unnamed1Jedi and Juri Ito winning the $7,500 Marshall & Sterling/Tuffrider-Equine Couture Adult Jumper Classic. Photo: ESI Photography.

Juri Ito, from Dallas, Pennsylvania, riding Jedi, owned by Shangri-La Stables, topped the jump-off field to take the win in Saturday’s $7,500 Adult Marshall &Sterling Tuffrider/Equine Couture Classic, with a time of 32.366 seconds. Maisie McSwain of Gainesville, Georgia, was second on her own Horseflight.com Remiville in 33.193, and Chantal Masselin, of Creemore, Ontario, and her own Tout Court Z, were third in a time of 34.116 seconds.

Experience was the key as adult riders took to the field in the $7500 Marshall &Sterling Tuffrider/Equine Couture Classic. Nineteen of thirty-four riders cleared the first round without a fault, then it was a race to for a piece of the prize money. Ten riders who went double clear, pulled out all the stops, with time being the only thing as the only factor for the top prize.

Masselin and Tout Court Z cut a full two seconds off the earlier jump-off times by turning inside to the double combination, holding the lead for most of the class, but ultimately finishing in third- place with a time of 34.116 seconds.

Joy Slater, of Unionville, Pennsylvania, and Oilean Uno, owned by Fat Chance Farms, took the outside approach to the double to finish fourth-place in 34.606 seconds. Slater took the inside turn on her second ride, Splash, also owned by Fat Chance Farm, but wasn’t able to capitalize on the ground-saving tactic, finishing sixth in a slightly slower 35.952.  Eileen O’Leary and Bahama Boy, owned by Bre Pickens put in a time of 34.875 to finish fifth between Slater’s two rides.

The final two riders were chasing the Great American Time to Beat of 34.116 seconds, held by Masselin. Juri Ito knew what she had to do for the win—she and Jedi finished clear in 32.366 seconds, with just one rider to go. McSwain was the final rider in the 19-horse jump-off field, turning in a second-place time of 33.193 seconds.

Ito was ecstatic about her win.  “I didn’t know if I had the time, so I just kept going, I’ve had a few really great classes with Jedi. He’s eleven years old and a Thoroughbred-Holsteiner cross—and he’s feisty!”

Ito’s trainer, David Tromp, had praise for Ito and her horse. ”[Jedi] is aggressive, he’s got a lot of heart,” said Ito’s trainer David Tromp. “She’s had him for about three years. She was good through the first line, had a great turn to the second line, good turn off the white vertical and just kept going to the finish.”

Place  Horse Owner Rider Prize  R.1 Faults JO Faults  JO Time 
1 Jedi Shangri-La Stables Juri Ito $2,200 32.366
2 Horseflight.com Remiville Maisie McSwain Maisie McSwain $1,550 33.193
3 Tout Court Z Chantal Masselin Chantal Masselin $1,050 34.116
4 Oilean Uno Fat Chance Farm Joy Slater $700 34.606
5 Bahama Boy Bre Pickens Eileen O’Leary $600 34.875
6 Splash Fat Chance Farm Joy Slater $500 35.952
7 May’s News Sherri Jamison Sherri Jamison $450 36.359
8 Amyra V Sonja Reichelt Sonja Reichelt $450 36.516
9 Camilla Sadie Leon Sadie Leon 36.527
10 Nino du Paradis Z Chiara Marton Chiara Marton 38.884
11 Cliff II Meadowood Farm, LLC Robin Swinderman 4 33.292
12 Cardiograaf Alexandra Carlton Alexandra Carlton 4 33.745

$7500 U-Dump Jr/A-O Jumper Classic 

unnamed2Melissa Rudershausen and Charmeur Ask winning the $7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O Jumper Classic. Photo: ESI Photography.

Melissa Rudershausen  of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Charmeur Ask, won the $7500 U-Dump Jr./A-O Jumper Classic at HITS, Ocala with the only clear round. Mallory Vale riding Mi Phone, owned by Thinkslikeahorse, was second-place with a clear jumping effort but one time fault, and Carolina Ramelli Barrera was third riding Zoran de Saulieu Z with four-faults in the first round.
The 1.45 meter track designed by Martin Otto of Germany, rode according to plan for first rider Melissa Rudershausen, who clocked in clean within the time allowed as the first to ride. A difficult triple combination at fence 10a through 10c collected the majority of faults as the class wound down, with Vale jumping clear, but just over the time allowed to collect one time fault. Barrera had a rail in the triple with a time of 80.256 seconds for third-place. Rudershausen returned on her second horse, Ugolin Du Mont, for fourth-place with eight faults in a quick time of 76.979 seconds. Hayley Waters of Sparr, Florida, riding No Doubt owned by Chuck and Dana Waters, was fifth with eight faults in 78.416 seconds.

“I think going first was an advantage—I didn’t see where the problems were on the course so I just stuck to my plan” said Ruderhsausen. “I’ve had this horse for two years and this couldn’t have happened at a better time because I plan to move him up to the grand prix next week.  This was a great set up.”    

Place   Horse Owner Rider Prize  R.1 Faults JO Faults  JO Time 
1 Charmeur Ask Melissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen $2,200 N/A
2 Mi Phone Thinkslikeahorse Mallory Vale $1,550 1
3 Zoran de Saulieu Z Carolina Ramelli Barrera Carolina Ramelli Barrera $1,050 4
4 Ugolin Du Mont Mellissa Rudershausen Melissa Rudershausen $700 4
5 No Doubt Chuck & Dana Waters Hayley Waters $600 8
6 Cornerstone Derek Petersen Jared Petersen $500 8
7 Glorix Van De Mispelaere Jenna Friedman Jenna Friedman $450 12
8 Chopper 5 KW Mahon Inc Danny Mahon $450 13
9 Zilano M Hardford Farm M&M Stopford Michelle Stopford 16
10 D’Artagnan Doreen Toben Darby Toben 23
11 Caprisio Katherine/Carolin McLeese Caroline McLeese 36

$1,000 S.A. Comunale Adult Jumper Classic .90m

Nicole Boccaccio, of Reddick, Florida, riding Judy Boccaccio’s Viking, made a triumphant return to the show ring after a three year break with a win in the $1,000 S.A. Comunale Adult Jumper Classic with a fault-free 35.912-jump-off. Kelly Moore of Morriston, Florida was second in a clear 37.398 seconds on La Sonora, and Grant Anderson from New Canaan, Connecticut, riding Iczing, owned by Silvermine Farm, went clear for third in 41.357 seconds.
The .90-meter Classic was run with an immediate jump-off over a course designed by Martin Otto of Germany. Riders and horses competed with seven clear first rounds and five jumping double clear. Anderson held the early lead until Boccaccio’s run, and Moore edged out Anderson at the end of the jump-off.

“My trainer Allen Nabors just told me yesterday that he wanted me to show today,” said Anderson. “This is my first class in three years. My whole family, three generations, is here to watch – and my horse is a member of the family too!”